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Tequila Sunrise Black Tea from 52Teas

SororiTEA Sisters - Sun, 05/17/2015 - 22:00
Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  52Teas

Tea Description:

A double dose of Tequila Sunrise this week. I couldn’t decide whether I liked it best as a black tea or a green tea, so I did both! Here’s our premium Pettaiagala Extra Long Leaf OP from Sri Lanka blended with freeze-dried oranges and cherries; and organic tequila-, orange- and cherry flavors.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

It’s been a mighty long time since I’ve had a Tequila Sunrise (longer than I care to admit to!) so I don’t have any recent memories to compare the flavoring of this black tea blend from 52Teas to.

And I have to say that this tastes a lot better than I remember a Tequila Sunrise tasting.  Hey, I liked them alright.  They just weren’t my favorite cocktail.  I preferred rum-based cocktails over tequila-based cocktails.

But this is really tasty!

I taste all the elements here:  I taste the orange, I taste the cherry and I even taste notes of tequila.  And, most importantly, I taste the black tea.  I really like the way the Pettaiagala tea goes with these flavors – it’s very smooth!  No bitterness and no astringency.

I’m not always really crazy about the cocktail inspired tea blends, but this one is really nice.  And the best part?  I can drink a couple cups of this without feeling hung over tomorrow.

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Tea and Tweezers

Joy's Teaspoon - Sun, 05/17/2015 - 19:32

A photo posted by Naomi Rosen (@joysteaspoon) on May 9, 2015 at 6:24am PDT

by Naomi Rosen

World Tea Expo is the highlight of my professional year. It’s an opportunity for me to bask in tea education, share tea tales with my pals, sip and sample my way through hundreds of teas, and discover new tea gadgets and trends. This year, the Expo was held May 6th-8th in Long Beach, CA. I was asked to be a panelist at the Tea Bloggers Roundtable, I was to sit in on the US League of Tea Growers meet-up, I had my schedule for 2 days of tea education, and my notes on growers and blenders that I needed to meet with. My plan was to drive out the afternoon of May 6th and I was ready to leave the bright lights of Las Vegas and make my trek to Long Beach and the tea glory that awaited me. 

The lively drive from Vegas to…anywhere.

If you’ve never made the drive from Las Vegas to, anywhere really, then let me give you an idea of what it looks like. See that picture to the right? It’s flat and uneventful. It’s the type of drive where you set the cruise control, turn up the iPod, and just coast.

I’m 90 minutes into my drive when the car in front of me hits a scrap piece of blown tire into my lane. I can’t swerve or I’ll hit the car next to me. So, I have no choice but to run over it. It made a lovely sound as it hit the underside of my car, and about 5 seconds after, my car started rattling and making a horrendous noise. A few miles down, I pulled off I-15 to check out the damage. I took the Halloran Summit exit. There is nothing, and I repeat NO THING, on this exit. There is simply an on-ramp back onto the freeway. I take a gander at the under carriage and nothing is dripping. However, my scratch plate is dangling precariously.

To a seasoned mechanic, or car enthusiast, this might seem like nothing. A quick fix. To me, this is equivalent to a cracked head gasket. I know equally as much about both – which means “nada”. I get on the phone with my husband, who thankfully, is a car whiz. I explain what happened, he asks some questions, and it’s determined that I just need to remove the scratch plate. You know, just remove it. Easy peasy lemon squeezy. I try using my keys, but they are just a smidge too wide. What I really need is a flathead screwdriver, or equivalent. I check my center console and glove box. I have a restaurants worth of napkins, nail polish, car registration and insurance cards, an old GPS, about $.86 in spare change, earbuds, a package of Big Red, and a map of San Diego. Chances of survival = not good. Then I recall that I have a pair of tweezers in my bathroom bag! YES! I grab those and go to work.

You know how sometimes things have to get worse before they get better? Picture me on all fours, balancing carefully on a floor mat I have removed from the car so that I don’t cut my knees on the desert rock and broken glass my car is parked on. I’m hunkered under the car with a pair of tweezers trying to remove these plastic clips holding that plate prisoner, and all of a sudden I hear, “Caw caw. Caw caw.” I glance up and there are 3 buzzards circling me and the car. I know, that they know, that I’m not a car fixing type. Did I mention it was dusk? And that my low battery indicator on my phone was starting to chirp at me? And that I am in the middle of NOWHERE. I was not going to make my husband explain to my children that they were now motherless because some plastic clips and buzzards got the best of her.

Those clips didn’t stand a chance between me and those tweezers. I got the plate removed, all of the pieces loaded into my car, and all with very little damage. My hands were filthy and I had a small scrape, but I did it, dammit! With nothing but a pair of freaking tweezers! I am woman, hear me roar!

I hopped back in the car and made haste to Baker, CA. I won’t even bother describing Baker. I pulled into a fast food place, took pictures of my hands and posted to social media (because I fixed my freaking car with a freaking pair of tweezers), washed my hands, grabbed a bite to eat, and hit the road. I was flying high! Nothing could keep me from the tea that was awaiting me in Long Beach.

About 15 minutes outside of Baker, I hit the biggest dust storm I’ve had to drive in, ever. “You’ve got to be kidding me,” I yelled as I shook my fist. Thankfully, the storm was only a few miles wide and I was back to cruising speed in no time. I made it to Long Beach well past my intended arrival time and walked into the House of Tealet where I was greeted with a cup of tea and hugs from my pals who were readying the troops for my desert rescue. So, thank you to my would be rescuers: Elyse, Michael, and Rie, Jason and Timmy, Phil, Rajiv, Nicole, Nicole, Natasha, Chris, Rachel, Katrina, Jo, and Geoff

My two days at World Tea Expo were informative and tasty and I was sad to leave at the crack of dawn on Saturday to head back to Vegas. But I made sure those tweezers were in the cup holder, right next to George Michael, my new tea plant, and my Smores Frappe. Thank goodness that next years Expo is in Las Vegas!  

A photo posted by Naomi Rosen (@joysteaspoon) on May 9, 2015 at 7:29am PDT

Sugarcane Black Tea from Canton Tea Co.

SororiTEA Sisters - Sun, 05/17/2015 - 16:00
Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Canton Tea Co.

Tea Description:

This black tea is wilted and then fired briefly in Yunnan red cane sugar (an unprocessed sugar similar to muscavado). The tea maker learned the sugar technique from a Fujian tea master in Wuyi, and brought it back to Yunnan to make it his own. Just a small amount of sugar is used in the firing process, it is mixed with water and added to the wilted tea leaves during the frying stage of the processing, giving the brewed tea a pleasingly balanced sweetness. Having proved popular with both Tea Club customers and Canton staff, we had to bring this tea into our collection.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

The name of this tea attracted me to it right away – Sugarcane Black Tea.  Just the sound of it sounds like it’s going to make my sweet tooth very happy.  So, when Canton Tea Co. sent me a sampling of it, I was very excited to try it!

I read a little bit about the process this tea undergoes to earn the name “Sugarcane Black” – apparently, the tea varietal used here is Zheng shan xiao zhong which is the same tea that is smoked to become Lapsang Souchong.  But instead of smoking this tea…

… freshly picked tea is wilted and then briefly fried in tropical Yunnan muscovado style (un-processed) red sugar. The sugar is mixed with water, and used sparingly in the frying process of the leaves …

To brew this tea, I used my Kati Tumbler.  I measured a bamboo scoop of the curly leaves into the basket of my Kati and added 12 ounces of boiling water to the tumbler.  Then I let it steep for 3 minutes.  The tea brews up lighter in color than I expected.  Lapsang Souchong tea tends to be very dark, but this is a color that is somewhere between amber and light copper.

The flavor is delightful!  The sweetness imparted onto this tea from the processing described above is delicate – this isn’t too sweet.  There’s a nice balance between sweet, sugary notes and the natural fruit and floral notes from the tea.  It’s very mellow and pleasant.

There is an overall lightness to this cup – it’s not a hefty or robust type of tea.  This isn’t the tea you’d want to grab for that first cup of the day.  Instead, this is the kind of tea that you’d want to share with guests or enjoy on a quiet afternoon when you can curl up and simply relax and take in the joy of this tea!

Really nice.  A rather unique tea – certainly something that I’d recommend to all those who enjoy something a little different.

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Typhoo Tea Gnu Commercial (1978)

Tea Guy Speaks - Sun, 05/17/2015 - 14:00
Apparently gnus drink tea, if we're to believe this Typhoo Tea commercial. Who knew? First observed at the teadog.com site.

Cuisinart TEA-100 PerfecTemp Programmable Tea Steeper

Typhoo Singing Donkeys Tea Commercial

Tea Guy Speaks - Sun, 05/17/2015 - 13:00
Of all the tea commercials featuring singing donkeys this one may be the best.

Cuisinart TEA-100 PerfecTemp Programmable Tea Steeper

Product Review: Cranberry Blood Orange Instant Matcha Green Tea Mix from Jade Monk

SororiTEA Sisters - Sun, 05/17/2015 - 10:00
Product Information:

Where to Buy:  Jade Monk


A wake-up call in every cup. Before the first drop hits your lips, the bright aroma of our Cranberry Blood Orange powdered green tea will have you amped.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

Browsing my local grocery store’s funky drink isle is one of my favorite pastimes. I came across this little green packet and tossed it in my cart for giggles. I am intrigued by the flavor, the illustrations on the front and back, and well, you had me at matcha!  I love the packaging of this tea, it really grabs you. The artwork is really fun, the intense eyes of the fierce ogre is powerful, and according to it’s claims, it’s ready to bestow all it’s power to you!

Now, I am not a fan of selling tea as a health product, the camellia sinensis plant is so much more than a diet aid. Sure, it was used as such during the first cultivation of the wild tea trees growing in China, but we have stepped up in our appreciation and cultivation of the lovely little plant. Yes, I do make my own functional herbal blends, but I don’t expect to be cured of cancer, or to have my waistline shrink like plastic wrap in an oven, either.

I chose this matcha green tea drink mix because of it’s convenience. I needed something that would give me that boost without waiting for water to boil and tea to steep. I was in a hurry this morning and whipped this up on a whim. I found the first fault to this mix when I took way to long to shake up all the little clumps of matcha. Mixes instantly? Not quite. Maybe my water was too cold?

The color of this match is an encouraging shade of key lime green. The smell is really quite nice, fruity, citrus, and refreshing. I take a sip and the first thing to hit my taste buds is sugar. Oh. Well. The first ingredients in this is sugar. While it is much, much too sweet for me, my ravenous thirst assists me in finishing my 24oz. bottle in no time.

The smell of the powder in the packet smells very matcha, but the finished product is lacking somewhat. The flavorings were very much there, in all their juicy citrusy glory. For me, If I wanted a flavored instant matcha, I’d like for the first or even second ingredient to be matcha. but of course if I was completely new to matcha, or didn’t like the taste, I would be all over this concept like brine flies to a can of soda.

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Green Coconut from TeaGschwendner

SororiTEA Sisters - Sun, 05/17/2015 - 03:59
Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy: TeaGschwendner

Tea Description:

The creamy richness of coconut milk on a dazzling and brisk Japanese Sencha base. A true customer favorite.

Ingredients: Green tea from Japan, shredded coconut and flavor.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

I love coconut, I love green tea, I love this particular blend from TeaGschwendner!

I had high hopes when I saw this one and another tea friend asked if I wanted anything during their latest sale.  I said yes instantly.  I have been wanting to try this one for a while now.

This is yet another tea that I shared with my dad and my boyfriend during our Mother’s Day festivities with my family.  Even my mom came sniffing around the tea pot while this was brewing and she rarely shows interest in anything but her Lipton Decaf tea bags.

Brewed this up one per the instructions but added in just a bit more tea leaf.

This was a huge hit with everyone (well except my mom- who still doesn’t like anything but her Lipton Decaf tea bags).  We all said the same thing.  Rich green creamy tea base with this amazing coconut flavor that really screams coconut.  Creamy delicious coconut.  This tea is for the coconut lovers for sure.  Smelling this tea, you instantly think of suntan lotion.  But the taste is just amazing.  My dad even asked for seconds with this one.  Next time around, I want to try and add in some fruit or herbs to kick the flavor up a notch or two.

If you love green tea and enjoy coconut, you have to try this one.  I even have 100g of this and I’m wondering if that will be enough.  So good!

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The Lure of The Giant Teapot

The Devotea - Sun, 05/17/2015 - 00:13

Well, boys and girls, it all started with a giant teapot. That’s how we ended up with a stall, tastings and a talk at Ladies Day at a retirement village. Years ago, we looked the economics of holding tea events in Aged Care homes and retirement villages, and they simply weren’t there. Not enough money, too much effort. and my own prejudices. You see, the main ladies of that age...

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Rou Gui Oolong from Tao Tea Leaf

SororiTEA Sisters - Sat, 05/16/2015 - 22:00
Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Oolong

Where to Buy:  Tao Tea Leaf

Tea Description:

Rou Gui is treasured for its cinnamon flavour as well as its impressive stamina.   This tea also has the unique ability to keep its distinct flavours after multiple steepings upwards of 7 times.  Rou Gui comes from the historic WuYi mountains in the Chinas Fujian Province. This area is also famous for producing other famous teas like Lapsang Souchong and the famous Da Hong Pao.  Rou Gui has a medium and very smooth body with hints of floral orchid with a lovely honey-like finish.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

I’ve only tried a few different Rou Gui oolongs before, most of them from Nannuoshan, but so far I haven’t found one I dislike – the wide range of flavours experienced with the different infusions very much appeal to me so this Rou Gui oolong from Tao Tea Leaf is just going to further my exploration of the class. To stay consistent with the other Rui Gui I’ve tried I had a Gong Fu session with this one using my gaiwan.

The leaves for this are very dark, almost charcoal or black, and decently large. The smell of the dry leaf is very roasty with some fruity sweetness layered underneath. It’s perhaps a touch peachy? I did a ten second wash with this one; as the water hit the leaves my kitchen was instantly filled with a very robust, borderline earthy and roasty smell.

Infusion One: 10 Seconds – This is surprisingly sweet right off the bat despite quite strong toasted barley notes. It’s a little nutty and definitely has some stonefruit notes as well; like dried peach drizzled with honey. There’s maybe some cinnamon too, but not much. These notes comprise the start of the sip and the body. The finish tastes of corn chips and flax to me with a very intense  presence of raisins in the finish. I’m usually quite anti-raisin but I actually like the way it tastes here. The taste of the raisin lingers in your mouth for a very long time after swallowing; minutes.  For the most part it’s very smooth though it did leave my front two teeth feeling very dry. Leaves are barely opened up at all and smell quite roasty with cinnamon notes and something maybe vaguely like coffee grounds?

Infusion Two: 15 Seconds – Still tastes strongly of roasted barley but it a bit more nutty and has woody notes at the start as well as much more defined cinnamon notes. The body is comprised mostly of rich peach and raisin notes. The honey notes have also gotten stronger, and are tightly tying in with the raisin. Some floral notes have begun creeping in as well. I’m almost reminded of a roasted trail mix with dried fruit/raisins mixed in. This subtle transition of flavours is keeping true to what I’ve observed with other Rou Gui. The leaves smell subtly fruitier.

Infusion Three: 30 Seconds – Ooh! This was not a good pour; I spilled tea everywhere. The flavour is really starting to turn. I’m observing a dramatic decrease in roasted flavour. Definitely strong peach/raisin notes; the strongest so far. The peach is less so a dried peach flavour now, and closer to something fresh. Significantly more floral with more defined floral notes like orchid. Almost seems buttery. Leaves are almost completely opened up and smell sweet like honey and quite floral. There’s absolutely no dry feeling on my teeth from this infusion.

Infusion Four: 40 Seconds – There’s essentially no barley, nut or roasted flavour left. The liquor tastes quite floral with strong raisin and honey notes. The peach has faded quite a lot which is actually kind of disappointing; now that the focus is more on the taste of the raisin I’m losing interest. Also, it’s definitely very buttery. This is the lightest and most watery infusion yet. I’m sure I could probably get a decent fifth infusion but for my own personal tastes the leaves may very well be spent. They are, however, fully opened and smell sweet like honey and flowers.

This is definitely similar to the other Rou Gui/Cassia Teas I’ve tried but unique in its own right too – I definitely experience some more unique notes with the first steep like corn chips and flax, and I don’t remember really tasting raisin with the others I’ve tried. It’s definitely something I’d serve to other people and I would totally drink it again myself.

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'Ceremonial Oolong Service' presented by Josephine Pan in 2015 World Tea Expo

Pon Fon Cha - Sat, 05/16/2015 - 19:11
We have a stage event during the show hours in 2015 World Tea Expo.
Ceremonial Oolong Service 
This is a new topic, instead of having the Tea Ceremony on the stage, Josephine and I decide to have this program to practically help our tea rooms owners or tea retailers to open up a new avenue for their tea sales.  Working closely with Wedding Planners, Party Coordinators, Event Organizers...to include Ceremonial Oolong Service in their programs.  With the Spectrum of Taiwan Oolong complex in color, aroma, flavor... we believe it is so easy to find perfect Oolong to fulfill these important moments in many's lives.  

Before the presentation, I have this Delightful Rain  to cheer up our audience.

Enjoy the slideshow:

Rohini AV2 Exotic Black Tea from Udyan Tea

SororiTEA Sisters - Sat, 05/16/2015 - 16:00
Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Udyan Tea

Tea Description:

Rohini AV2 Exotic Black Tea is picked from AV2 bushes at high elevations. This First Flush Tea is plucked immediately after the long cold winter months and is bountiful with fresh flavour as the bushes are full of vigour. The infusion has a greenish leaf appearance and the tea tastes fresh and crisp. This tea is produced from the prime sections of the garden with the earliest production beginning from the 1st Week of March up to 15th April depending on the elevation. They brew into light mellow cups with excellent first flush character and floral ascents.

Learn more about this tea here

Taster’s Review:

This Rohini AV2 Exotic Black Tea from Udyan Tea doesn’t look like your typical black tea.  It doesn’t taste quite like your typical black tea either.  Therefore, you shouldn’t brew it quite the same way you’d steep a typical black tea.

I never use boiling water on a Darjeeling black tea because I learned through trial and error that when I do, I get a slightly bitter tasting tea that’s a wee bit too astringent for my liking.  I find that if I lower the temperature to 195°F that a Darjeeling is much better tasting.  Less astringent and not bitter!  Win!

And this tea is SO LOVELY!  It’s deliciously sweet with notes of flower and fruit.  Hints of muscatel – not a strong muscatel note, but then this is the first flush, so a strong muscatel note isn’t expected.

The floral notes are the stars of this show.  I like that they’re not sharp, instead, they’re beautifully sweet and they mingle with a honey-esque flavor.  It’s wonderful and very spring-like!

Overall, the cup is a delightfully mellow tea that I’d recommend for afternoon sipping.  This would make a lovely tea to serve to special guests.  Truly a remarkable first flush Darjeeling.

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Organic Metabolic Energy Tea from Fit Life Tea Company

SororiTEA Sisters - Sat, 05/16/2015 - 10:00
Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green Tea & Yerba Maté

Where to Buy:  Fit Life Tea Co.

Tea Description:

Ready for liftoff? Increase muscle energy and boost mental agility with an invigorating cup of Organic Metabolic Energy Tea. It’s packed with potent antioxidants and natural caffeine from sustainably grown whole green tea leaves blended with traditional rainforest energy tonic.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

I’ll be honest and say that I really wasn’t looking forward to trying this Organic Metabolic Energy Tea from Fit Life Tea Company after I read the ingredient list:

Ingredients:  Organic Green Tea, Organic Yerba Mate, Organic Eleuthero Root Ginseng, Natural Flavoring and Organic Stevia Leaf.

First of all:  Mate and ginseng in one blend?  That sounds TOO earthy to me.  Then there’s the stevia.  I really don’t like it when a tea company feels the need to sweeten a tea for me.  I like to decide whether or not the tea should be sweetened and if it does, I like to decide how much and what type of sweetener will sweeten it.

But, I decided to give it a try anyway.

Wow!  This is actually really tasty.  It’s sweet but not too sweet and even though I was worried about the earthiness, it’s not so earthy at all.  It has a very refreshing taste to it.  It’s citrus-y and very drinkable.  It reminds me a little bit of a very watered down Tang.  Yes, the drink the astronauts took to the moon.  It doesn’t have the same gritty texture of tang, though.  (Fortunately!)

It’s pleasantly sweet with a really enjoyable, fruity flavor.  That said, I don’t taste much green tea in this.  I also don’t taste much Yerba Mate.  Since I love tea, the fact that I found these flavors lacking in this is a little disturbing to me.  But not disturbing is that I don’t taste the ginseng either.

To brew this, I hot-brewed the sachet in 8 ounces of 185°F water for 3 minutes.  Then I let the tea cool completely before I poured it into my BPA-free drinking bottle from Fit Life Tea and refrigerated it overnight.  Before I let it cool, I did take a sip of it to find out if I’d like it better hot or iced.

Just like the Teatox tea from Fit Life, I prefer this tea cold.  It has a refreshing taste and the texture is light and smooth.  And I even feel like it’s elevated my energy level too!

I don’t know that I’d actually drink this as an actual “tea” because it simply doesn’t taste like tea.  But I would drink it as an energy drink which is what seems to be it’s purpose.  And since it’s an energy drink that doesn’t rely upon troublesome amounts of sugar to enhance the drinker’s energy, I’d say Energy from Fit Life deserves a thumbs up!

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Applecart Blossom from Piper & Leaf

SororiTEA Sisters - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 22:00
Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy: Piper & Leaf

Tea Description:

Reminiscent of strolling through an apple orchard on a fine spring day and catching its light, enchanting scent in the wind. This lovely green tea with local apples is porch swing approved.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

Today has been a very humid and rainy day.  The sun has tried to peek out here and there but for the most part it has been just a “meh” kind of day.  Until the mail showed up. . .and my  shared order from Piper & Leaf showed up.  Yay! New tea to try! Day isn’t so meh now.

Opened the box and immediately grabbed the Applecart Blossom sample.  I was super excited to see that they offered flavored green teas and this one went in the cart right away.

The boyfriend and I are in the middle of a Northern Exposure binge.  I had never seen the show before and it is one of his favorites. Thought this would be a great time to sample up these teas.   So I threw the sample in the Breville, set the parameters to green, and set up two mason jars with ice.

This is delicious.  There are huge pieces of apple in this and that comes thru in each sip.  Fresh crisp apples.  The green tea just adds to the perky flavor.  Each time I take a sip of this iced beauty the word bright comes to mind.  This is just a simple great fantastic apple flavored green tea.  No artificial flavor here.  I brewed up a second infusion and I am still picking up the fresh crisp flavor.

I am very pleased with the teas I’ve had from Piper & Leaf so far and I’m looking forward to trying more!

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A Tea Addict's Journal - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 16:38

Hindsight, as they say, is 20/20. For those of us looking for aged puerh teas, I think we all wish we have the gift of seeing into the future, to learn how a tea will age over time and whether or not it will become great. Some will, many won’t. It might be useful to remember that not all teas will age well – the ones that are commanding high prices today may have done so, but there were more, probably far more, that were produced, consumed, and in some cases, tossed out. We know for a fact that not every cake will turn out great. Figuring that out is the difficult part.

A couple years ago I retasted a cake that I bought when I lived in Beijing. At that time I thought the cake was ok – not great, but not horrible. I did note, however, that it was a bit thin. I drank it at the time brewing gongfu style, probably adjusting my brewing parameters as I went along. After that retasting, it went back into the storage and hasn’t been seen since.

Well, I’m on a trip now, and I pulled out a cake randomly to take with me on this trip to drink. This was the lucky draw. Drinking the tea grandpa style, I have to say the tea is not very good. It has that thin, metallic taste indicative of lower quality tea. It’s aged, yes, but not in a particularly pleasant way. The overall outcome, I think, is wanting. I have a lot of tea better than this, and there really isn’t a single reason why I would want to drink this now, or ever. If given a choice, a black tea from any decent coffee shop will trump this one in terms of pleasure it can deliver. My previous evaluation was too generous – I think I was giving it a chance, and this tea has blown that chance.

I’m sure I have many cakes like this one. We all do. I’m wondering what I should do with these – throw them away? Drink them? Keeping them is sort of silly, because they are really not going to improve at this point. Drinking them – well, they’re not really great and there are so many other, better things to drink. Since my consumption of tea is finite, drinking one of these necessarily means I’m not drinking one of my better teas. Throwing them away seems like the most logical and rational choice, even though it’s hard to get myself to do that. Perhaps I will thank myself later when I move and have less tea to carry.

Earl Blue Iced Black Tea from Southern Boy Teas

SororiTEA Sisters - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 16:00
Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Southern Boy Teas

Tea Description:

Our awesome organic Iyerpadi black tea blended with organic bergamot and blueberry flavors. This is sure to wow your guests.

Learn more about this tea here.

Learn about SBT’s subscriptions here.

Taster’s Review:

I know that I’ve mentioned on this blog at least once before in a review of one of Zoomdweebie’s Earl Grey/Bergamot teas that I’m not particularly crazy about the bergamot flavoring that Zoomdweebies uses.  Maybe I’m a bit of a bergamot snob or something but Earl Grey tea is something I take very seriously and it should be right.  So, when this Earl Blue Iced Black Tea from Southern Boy Teas was announced as a recent tea of the week for SBT, I wasn’t all that excited about it.

But this isn’t too bad.  It’s actually pretty tasty.  As an Earl Grey tea or more accurately as a ‘twist’ to the classic Earl Grey -well, it doesn’t really cut it as an Earl Grey, I’m afraid.  But, as a flavored iced tea, it’s really pleasant.  The blueberry is strong and yummy.  The bergamot – well, it doesn’t taste as bergamot-y as I’d like it to.  But when I just drink it and I don’t think “bergamot” and instead, I think “citrus” it works for me.

It has a really enjoyable, sweet-tart fruity flavor to it. And the black tea base is smooth and brisk.  No bitterness, no astringency – just really tasty black tea and fruity flavors.

This is something that I could see myself putting in my shopping cart again the next time I’m shopping at Zoomdweebies dot com.  It’s very refreshing and it’ll be really nice to have it chilling in the fridge on those warm summer days that lie ahead.

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Friday Round Up: May 10th - May 16th

Tea For Me Please - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 16:00
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Flashback Friday: doing business with tea

T Ching - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 12:01

I have learned the perfect way to conduct business with other people. I believe this discovery should become an adopted practice for everyone doing business today.

Going back eons, I remember my first internship interview in graduate school. I was so nervous I took a valium to get through it. Unfortunately – and not surprisingly – it didn’t go very well. The valium was too strong for me. I felt like a bowl of Jello on holiday; I’m sure my personality reflected that. I wasn’t able to muster up enough energy or enthusiasm to convince the interviewers that I was the right person for the position. Interesting thing was, that although I seriously doubt that they, too, took valium, the interviewers’ personalities appeared to be as flat as I perceived mine to be.

I’ve since grown more confident and less anxious during interviews (these days I’m usually the one doing the interviewing), but it still feels a bit awkward for all involved, especially in the beginning. In addition to the slow start, there are often uncomfortable silences until things get warmed up – if they ever do. That is, they were until we began offering tea at the start of every interview.

The change in the interview process has been nothing short of miraculous since we implemented our tea policy for meetings. Now, as soon as candidates walk through the door, we invite them to sit down and have tea with us. No one has declined. In fact, most welcome it enthusiastically. The invitation alone is enough to disarm people immediately and make them more relaxed. The first sip engenders comments about the aroma and taste, followed by a spate of questions about the type of tea and where it’s from. Before anyone even realizes it, off we go engaged in easy, relaxed, and convivial conversation. I have also found that people are much more likely to begin to share aspects of their personal lives with us. Once rapport has been so readily established, it’s a breeze transitioning into business talk.

Once we get down to business, that process has become easier and more rewarding as well. We are now conducting business from a position of connectedness with the tea, with each other and with the moment. Business becomes much more open and frank and more relaxed. It becomes an exploration rather than a chore. What is most rewarding is that regardless of the conclusion of the meeting, we are always blessed with follow up responses from people thanking us for our warm welcome and the delightful tea.

This post was first published 11 June 2008.

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Lumberjack Black Tea from Tippy’s Tea

SororiTEA Sisters - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 10:00
Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Tippy’s Tea

Tea Description:

An original creation made by Tippy’s, we think you’ll love it. This is the truly manly man’s tea. It is rich and flavourful and wouldn’t be complete without some extra smokiness. Simply must be experienced!

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

I wasn’t a big fan of Tippy’s Midday Flight (the only other tea from Tippy’s I’ve tried) but I really want to love this company because they’re Canadian (supporting tea companies from my country is awesome; especially with the poor state of our dollar), affordable, and appear to have really great customer service! This particular blend from them has been on my wishlist for a long time now, and thanks to a fellow SororiTea Sister, TheLastDodo, I’m finally getting the chance to try it! I do find it slightly ironic that one of our sisters in America is providing me with a sample from a Canadian company, though.

The dry leaf of this one is very smokey with wood notes too; it almost comes off as “thick” in just the scent alone. I’m incredibly excited to try this one – it’s been a long time coming.

Recently I’ve discovered a love for Lapsang even though it used to be one of my least favourite teas. And this definitely isn’t making me feel crazy for the sudden change in interest! Now that it’s steeped up, I’m picking up the smoke first and foremost as expected, but it’s not too in your face either. The many black teas in this blend (Keemun, Assam, Darjeeling, and the Lapsang) are offering up some very nice, sweeter supporting notes to keep it from feeling monotone and too ashy and intense; and the smoke notes in Keemun which I tend to dislike a lot are totally eclipsed by the smoke notes of the Lapsang.

Breaking down the sweeter notes; I’m getting stonefruit as well as much lighter cocoa notes. There’s also some mild malt notes, likely from the assam, and some wood notes which could be from a few of the different teas blended here. It’s very, very good! And, it’s surprisingly quite smooth as well. I went with a four minute steep Western style, and I don’t pick up on any bitterness or astringency, and it’s not particularly tannic either.

I think this is another “Lapsang” blend that is good for people trying to get into Lapsang for the first time too because it’s not as concentrated as a normal Lapsang is. Really, really happy I’m enjoying this because it just means it’s going to be that much more easy to eventually place an order with Tippy’s!

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Review of Red Blossom Tea Orange Blossom Phoenix Oolong

The Hour For Tea - Mon, 05/11/2015 - 20:47
Hillary Rodham Clinton, the current Secretary of State, was in the Bay Area last week conducting fundraisers, and stopped off in San Francisco to meet Mayor Ed Lee at Red Blossom Tea Co. in Chinatown. They enjoyed a tea tasting … Continue reading →
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